Category: Survival

Duplicitous

Duplicitous

The outward signs of wealth
and social belonging
attracts those vacuous types
in search of foolish things

Talk can be impressive
to those unable to read
between the lines
of your thin veneer

For there under that surface
is a two-headed monster
showing different faces
Color me cynical


Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved

Word Prompts

Stream of Consciousness - Color
Word of the Day - Impressive
FOWC - Vacuous
RDP - Foolish Things

Edge of Extinction

Edge of Extinction

Flirting with the ocean
Standing on jagged rocks
Daring it to dress her
with its beauty
To take her completely
Into its arms
and hold her down
until she could breathe
no more
Teasing and begging
for the attention
Wishing to surrender
to its power but,
her lover not receptive
 
Screaming above the waves
of anger lashing at rocks
her voice fell, unheard
The night dark and broody
but a velvet sky pushed back
the lingering curtain of clouds
Silence fell with a halted wind
and the angry sea
slowed its breath to a whisper
Tempt me no longer, it said
You use me to dull your pain
but I will not take you this night
Instead I will wash it away
So you may live another day
 
 
Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved

Lisa is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and has
prompted us with "Edge" and "Fringe".  I am sharing
a reworked poem that I had written several years ago.
I think it works for this challenge. 

Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay

Going, Going, Gone

Going, Going, Gone

Going
I’m leaving home
I said defiantly
when I was four
but I stayed
 
Going
I’m leaving here
I said defensively
when I was a teen
but I stayed
 
Gone
I’m leaving you
I said dispassionately
when I was married
and so I went
 
Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved


De Jackson (AKA Whimsy Gizmo) is hosting D'Verse Poets
Monday Quadrille and has prompted us with "Go"
A Quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words excluding
the title.

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay 
 

Internal Conflict

Internal Conflict

Battle weary
and scarred
Yet neither side retreats
Surrender off the table
Warring sides
of lovers
Ugly and vicious
Fighting for life
For dignity
For children
For peace
that never comes
because there is
no winner 
in a conflict
of emotions
Lawyers will
ultimately
award the prize 
of lost dreams
 
 
Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved

Bjorn is hosting D'Verse Poets Pub tonight and
has prompted us with 'War"

Image by Iván Tamás from Pixabay 
 

Achromatic Existence

Achromatic Existence

Your blackness
sullies my clear mind
My whiteness dilutes
your darkness
to a neutral grey
Clinging to
a colorless world
that has become
the oxygen
we breathe
into this dysfunctional
codependency
An anemic sadness
void of pigment
Trust severed
like an amputated
albinistic limb
Limping through an
achromatic existence

 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Reena's Exploration Challenge #147 - Colorless World

Trust - Word of the Day

Promote Monday Go Dog Go Cafe

Image by Saurabh G from Pixabay

Center of Attention

Center of Attention

The life and soul
of everyone’s space
Invaded
Mr. Party Man
Center of Attention
full of swagger
You hear him
before you see him
because
he likes the hush
All eyes to be on him
and all ears tuned
You laugh and giggle
You are captivated
and he invites
you into his world
and you feel chosen
But you are destined
to be his straight man
Overshadowed
and unseen
The butt of his jokes
You will be used
as his prop
and he gets the laugh
at your expense
The same stories
repeated over and over
Same you
Different audience
It will become
contentious
Because you
are no one’s fool
let alone this jester
Sucking the life from you
to fuel his ego
Show’s over
Curtain down
 
Next!
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Lillian is hosting D'Verse Poets Open Link Night

Word Prompts:

Jester - Word of the Day
Contentious - FOWC

The Gift they Keep on Giving





The Gift they Keep on Giving

Opinions are worth
what you have paid 
for them
Absolutely nothing
They are for the
sheer delight 
of the giver
The all-knowing
If I were you crowd
who really want
to control you
confuse you
tease you
and keep you
under their thumb
 
Wading through
their swamp of
I know what’s good
for you persuasions
and ironing out
the creases
of their
misguided logic
you make it to
the other side
None the wiser
for their
unwanted gifts
and decide
to ignore it all
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts

Opinion - Word of the Day
Tease - RDP
Iron - FOWC

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Free Spirit – A Quadrille

Free spirit

Power plays
between us
entertaining
We would go  
head to head
but you could never  
intimidate me
I am always
comfortable in
my own skin
and you forget
I am your equal
You do not own me
and you will never
break my spirit

 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay 

De Jackson (alias Whimsy Gizmo) is
hosting D'Verse Poets Monday Quadrille.
A quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words,
excluding the tittle. He has prompted
us wit the word "Spirit"

Survival

Survival

Survival is an instinct
Born of necessity 
Protected
at all costs
as you would a child
and like your spirit
it can never be taken
from you
 
It is all you have when
times are dire
Your resourcefulness
when you are without
Your resilience 
when you are knocked down 
It lives and breathes
within you
 
It is always present
yet hangs in your shadows
until you call upon it
and give it life
Your will to survive
paramount
Your kiss of life
Your oxygen

 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Gospel Isosceles is hosting D'Verse Poets
and has prompted us with the Birth/Born

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